Who can give accurate nutrition advice?

your say April 21, 2017 01:00

Re: “Entertaining dietary advice from ‘doctors’ Turk and Bahrt”, Have Your Say, yesterday.



K Mephistopheles implies that only a medic/scientist can give accurate “healthy eating” advice. Maybe I should put him in touch with my son, a neurologist-surgeon with two chapters recently published in ‘The Neurobiology of Disease’. He’s in a team at Johns Hopkins that’s researching a nano-tech cure for a rare childhood brain disorder.

There’s just one little problem with that: my son only received 30 minutes of nutritional training in his six years at the Medical University of Vienna. That’s somewhat less than the average six hours that doctors get in their six years of training.

When I challenged a professor of nutrition and member of my fitness club as to why she taught the “calories, cholesterol, food groups, RDAs, etc” baloney, she admitted that she had to teach “what’s in the book”! She knew better. This is where it gets more interesting.  Medical universities are heavily funded by the pharma industry, which can thus influence what’s taught. Do they deliberately misinform? Many believe so. Consider that after WWI in the US, the hospital beds were empty, little pharma made aspirin, cardiologists were not yet invented, and there was no “healthy eating advice”. Today the annual sickness industry in just the US is worth a whopping $3.5 trillion. This industry needs a stream of sickly, weak, stressed and overweight people – who’ll later need permanent medication. 

As I seem to have misplaced my PhD in astro-biology, I guess Mr Mephistopheles needs to ignore my silly ideas and search elsewhere for his “healthy eating” guidance.

Thomas Turk

Phuket

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Mr Mephistopheles asks me what are my qualifications to write about the nutritional benefits of a vegetarian diet. A good writer doesn’t have to have a PhD in every subject that he writes about. Rather, he has to be good at getting information from those who are experts on the subject being addressed. In my last letter I referred to medical doctors Dean Ornish and James Anderson, who are well known experts in the area of nutrition. (Don’t take my word for it, dear readers, do your own googling.) 

While I do have two college degrees, judging by Mephistopheles’ infantile letter I would be astonished if he even graduated nursery school!

Eric Bahrt

Chiang Mai

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Mr Mephistopheles asks me what are my qualifications to write about the nutritional benefits of a vegetarian diet. A good writer doesn’t have to have a PhD in every subject that he writes about. Rather, he has to be good at getting information from those who are experts on the subject being addressed. In my last letter I referred to medical doctors Dean Ornish and James Anderson, who are well known experts in the area of nutrition. (Don’t take my word for it, dear readers, do your own googling.) 

While I do have two college degrees, judging by Mephistopheles’ infantile letter I would be astonished if he even graduated nursery school!

Eric Bahrt

Chiang Mai

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